digital literacy

In our blog The importance of digital literacy in the workplace, we defined what it means to be digitally literate and how you can start improving your skills. So, what if you are ready to dive into the digital world or already have advanced skills? Pursuing a Master’s in Digital Humanities allows you to take a deeper dive into digital technology and how to use it in the workplace.

How does digital literacy fit into digital humanities?

The field of digital humanities includes history, theology, philosophy, and languages. When you consider the digital portion of digital humanities, that’s referring to the use of and design of digital tools. This is where digital literacy skills or having the knowledge and skills to use the tools come in.

Getting a master’s in digital humanities at Concordia

Our goal is to teach you the technical skills you need for the evolving job market while building your foundation holistically. Become an advocate for the humane and ethical use of technology, no matter your industry or workspace. As an example, take a glimpse at our Digital Storytelling course.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Classes are 100% online
  • 30-credit master’s degree
  • Courses are done in 8-week terms
  • Classes are offered asynchronously, take them at your own pace

But, what will I learn?

Upon graduating from CUAA’s online Master of Arts in Digital Humanities, you will be able to do the following:

Use Python to code and create web-based texts

Although your goal might not be to become a programmer, learning Python computer language is widely beneficial. You can learn how to think and problem-solve like a programmer by breaking problems into small pieces and addressing them one at a time.

Also, you’ll understand how to communicate with programmers and engineering. This will enhance your collaboration with your teammates. Finally, learning basic code can help you to automate tasks to make your day easier. Overall, learning to code, even for a non-programmer, definitely has its perks.

Use Adobe Creative Suite to create graphic images appropriate for social media and other marketing venues

Having an understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite is beneficial, wherever you work. Adobe skills are transferrable, meaning they can be used in various jobs. Adobe is also the most preferred creative software, so having those skills will make getting a job a lot easier.

Additionally, you can even use your creativity and Adobe skills to do freelancing work or start your own business. Through our program, we provide opportunities to learn and develop these skills to enhance your future career.

Create, use, and analyze data visualizations in order to make well-informed decisions

No matter what industry you work in, presenting data or information in a visual and easy-to-read format can help immensely. According to Analytiks, “data visualization uses visual data to communicate information in a manner that is universal, fast, and effective. It helps companies identify which areas need improvement, which factors affect customer satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and what to do with specific products (where should they go and who should they be sold to).”

Some different types of visualizations are:

  • Infographics
  • Heatmaps
  • Graphs
  • Histograms

Create, use, and analyze geographical information systems in order to make informed decisions

Geographical information systems are computer tools for gathering and analyzing data connected to geographic locations and their relation to human or natural activity. GIS is a system that helps people create, analyze and map out data. It is used in business retail, marketing, advertising, political scientists, engineers, real estate agents, environmental scientists, and others. Students will learn how to use geographical information system (GIS) mapping. 

Create and use digital archives

Archives are used to safely store or preserve important cultural and historical artifacts. Digital archives are collections of historic data and information, normally categorized by year. Within the program, you’ll learn more about how to properly digitize these artifacts and create archives.

Use rhetorical strategies for collaborating and communicating with specific audiences (colleagues, potential clients, customers, parishioners, etc.)

Rhetorical strategies involve the methods that people use to communicate with an audience. Rhetoric can be visual, spoken, or written. In the program, you’ll learn how to use these strategies in order to effectively communicate with audiences, build archives, and analyze documents.

What’s next?

If you are passionate about using your digital literacy skills in the workplace, advancing them with a degree is a great choice. Check out more about our program below.